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Fulton County seeks future leaders

Fulton County seeks future leaders

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Department of Aging and Youth Services Department, Office of Children and Youth is recruiting high school students with interest and/or future aspirations in the areas of community development, law, public policy, political office, debate and much more.

Selected students will be involved in planning the economic, legislative, and social future of youth. Program participants will work directly with local elected officials and state legislators to identify potential solutions for issues that affect the quality of life in Fulton County. 

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

Spring break surprise for ailing teen

Spring break surprise for ailing teen

ATLANTA -- This is a big week for thousands of families and students across metro Atlanta who are on spring break. Many opt to leave town one last time before the school year ends, but for some families it's not possible.

Fifteen-year-old Madison Baxter has cystic fibrosis and has been battling very hard of late. There was no way she and her family could go on spring break because of her health.

So Children's Healthcare of Atlanta surprised her with a staycation in Buckhead.

To set the stage, Madison and her two sisters had no idea they were going to stay at the Ritz-Carlton. Their mom told them they were staying with a friend. When they entered the Ritz lobby, the entire staff greeted them with clapping and cheering.

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

GDOT to limit roadwork for 2 weekends

(WXIA) -- Here's some good news for spring breakers and Atlanta Braves fans: road construction will be limited for the next two weekends.

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it will close fewer interstate lanes than usual from midnight on Friday, Apr. 3 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 6. The construction break is meant to accommodate drivers who are heading into or out of Atlanta for spring break and Easter weekend.

Lane closures will also be limited from 10 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 10 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Apr. 13, for the Braves' opening weekend at Turner Field.

Traffic throughout Georgia is expected to be heavy both weekends, and drivers are asked to be cautious.

"Also, incident management or emergency maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary on any time on any route," GDOT director of construction Jeff Baker said.

Looking back at tornado damage at the governor's mansion


ATLANTA (WXIA) – Forty years ago, an F3 tornado did significant damage to the governor's mansion on West Paces Ferry Road.

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Then-Gov. George Busbee, his wife and 14 year-old son were in the mansion when the storm hit in the early morning hours of March 24, 1975..

Jeff Busbee had just returned from a spring break trip. Luckily, his teenage bedroom was in the basement of the mansion. That morning, Jeff said he woke up to a loud sound.

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

Fulton County Police Chief to retire after 35 years of service

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones has announced her retirement effective April 7, 2015. 

“Chief Jones will be greatly missed. Her work was a key part of our crime prevention efforts in this county,” says Chairman John H. Eaves.  “Due to her emphasis on community oriented policing, burglaries in our unincorporated area decreased by more than 22 percent during her tenure.”

Chief Jones has served with the Fulton County Police Department since December 17, 1979. She has served as Police Chief since October 9, 2007.  She is the only female to serve as Fulton County Police Chief.

“We thank Chief Jones for her 35 years of service to the citizens of Fulton County, and extend best wishes to her on her retirement,” said County Manager Dick Anderson.

Assistant Police Chief Gary D. Stiles will serve as Interim Chief until a permanent replacement is named.

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

Metro Atlanta unemployment drops to 6.1 percent

(WXIA) -- The Atlanta area's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in February, down from January's 6.2 percent. It was also down a full point from the rate of 7.1 percent in February 2014.

Fulton County's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent last month.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the drop was due to fewer layoffs and more new jobs. Many of the gains came in business, construction, education, government, and leisure and hospitality.

Nearly 39 percent fewer new claims for unemployment insurance were filed in February as well.

Metro Gainesville had Georgia's lowest February unemployment rate, at 5.1 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 8.1 percent.